To the Editor:
Re “Miss America Scraps Swimsuits, Making Strides to Reshape Image” (front page, June 6):
Your article ranges from the Miss America pageant’s decades-long lack of responsiveness to the central issues of evaluating women in a cattle call, to its facile attribution of this “victory” to #MeToo.
But the most important thing, it seems to me, is a question: Why have this pageant at all? Does America need to pick out a representative “ideal” woman every year? Does this not say loud and clear that we still consider men to be the group to talk to and women the decorations to catch their eye?
It’s time to end the Miss America pageant now, and to be on the leading edge of meaningful change.
LYDIA FAZIO THEYS